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Old 04-21-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Dangerous quadleveler jacks on solera

I have just filed a complaint with NHTSA.gov. about the defective jacks on my Solera.
I have had several problems with the unit and it has been in the shop over 9 weeks since I purchased July 12, 2014.
I repeatedly reported that the jacks were dropping at all times of day and night when parked.
Then on March 24, 2015, the jacks completely extended while I was driving.
I was on the Mississippi/Arkansas bridge passing the truck scales.
This was terrifying and I had to slow to a crawl, backing up traffic, until I could get off of the bridge.
I have found out since that Bigfoot/Quadleveler and Forest River were aware of this problem but chose not to put out a service bulletin ar try to contact customers that might have had these defective levelers.
I have requested that my Solera be repurchased by Forest River due to the fact that I am terrified to drive it again.
I know of dealers other than mine who have been having problems with Bigfoot for over a year.
This has to be stopped and owners must be notified immediately.
If not then I feel that Forest River and Quadraleveler are covering up the problem with no sense of responsibility for the safety of their customers.
Mike Self
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:56 AM   #2
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I had similar issue. The solution was rather simple ... it was to reprogram the control unit to use a different signal than the one it came with from the factory.

Apparently the original factory setting for the remote control that might be activated randomly by other signal sources. I have the documentation on how to reset the code using the Bigfoot's remote control.

You should be able to call the factory and a tech will explain the procedure. Or, if you wish, contact me via PM and I'll write it up for you. Its pretty easy.
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:01 PM   #3
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Very simple solution, MiataHoarder. In addition, an inline toggle switch on the red (or black) wire to the bigfoot control panel, can be used as a failsafe.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:13 PM   #4
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Hmmm...passing the truck scales. The scales probably had the "pre-pass" units or whatever they call them up over the road that communicates with the big rigs' on board computer. I bet that's the issue. It's akin to when your radar detector goes off when passing a building that has automatic door openers on the entrances.
Reprogramming might appear to be the easy solution, but when using any device that is activated by a radio signal, it's probably best to have a circuit breaker installed, especially in the case of the rear levelers!!!
There's my next mod!
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:44 PM   #5
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still a problem

I know that this may seem a simple fix, however I had 2 large service dealers working to find the problem with no luck.
I feel that Bigfoot and Forest River should have recalled the defective units that they knew about.
Roger Miller at Bigfoot/Quadraleveler said that they felt it wasn't a big enough problem to warrant a recall!
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:52 PM   #6
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Mike,

This problem was previously addressed on this forum ... I found and typed out the pertinent information:

Service Announcement GS-HYD-xx American Technology Components.

We have received feedback … possibility exists … for system to activate … without customer depressing buttons on transmitter or receiver module. The cause is due to presence of one-time test code within the software. To eliminate this code completely the receiver module needs to be reset. To do this, please follow 5 steps:

  • Depress and hold the on / off button on the receiver until yellow LED starts to flash fast.
  • Continue holding the on / off button until the LED stays on solid and then flashes quickly – At this point, the receiver is cleared of all transmitter codes.
  • Release the on / off button and the LED light will blink fast again which means it has entered the “learn” mode.
  • Push and hold the on / off button on the transmitter until the yellow LED on the receiver comes on constant. Release the on / off button. The transmitter has now learned a new code.
  • To Exit the learn mode, push and release the on / off button on the receiver.

You may call the technician directly at 574 322 6707. Turns out its not a Bigfoot issue, not a Forest River issue. It’s the Remote Controller for the system.

We had the identical problem. The hydraulics would momentarily actuate at odd moments. Very disturbing, especially when trying to sleep.

The problem went away after we followed the reprogramming procedure above. Hopefully, you will find this fix works for you as well.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:13 PM   #7
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Very simple solution
There may be a very simple solution, but that's not the point.

OP posted a concern about a potentially serious safety issue with the jacks on the Soleras. There has been informal discussion of possible solutions and workarounds, posted on this forum. But informal discussions don't work for those who are driving down the road, blissfully unaware of this forum.

So I see his point that some sort of service bulletin or safety recall is probably needed for a situation like this.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:13 PM   #8
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Mine evidently did not have the test code entered, as I had to follow the procedure you outlined in order to get the remote to even work. At first I thought the remote was broken because it did not work, then figured it out. I've never had any problems with the levelers.
I wonder whether or not all the transmitter units are tested, since mine had to be programmed before using.
Mike and MiataHoarder-- did your remotes work when you picked up your rigs?
If that test code is the problem, the transmitter needs to be reprogrammed before leaving the factory, especially if it has had the test code entered, since several people have had issues.
Brian should be able to get this issue addressed in the quality control area.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:00 PM   #9
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There may be a very simple solution, but that's not the point.

OP posted a concern about a potentially serious safety issue with the jacks on the Soleras. There has been informal discussion of possible solutions and workarounds, posted on this forum. But informal discussions don't work for those who are driving down the road, blissfully unaware of this forum.

So I see his point that some sort of service bulletin or safety recall is probably needed for a situation like this.
Totally agreed.
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There may be a very simple solution, but that's not the point.

OP posted a concern about a potentially serious safety issue with the jacks on the Soleras. There has been informal discussion of possible solutions and workarounds, posted on this forum. But informal discussions don't work for those who are driving down the road, blissfully unaware of this forum.

So I see his point that some sort of service bulletin or safety recall is probably needed for a situation like this.
You are correct but it seems they did that from reading post #6. Now the dealer should have included that in there packet when the unit was sold. I would take that to them and ask why the OP wasn't informed of this bulletin. Some one dropped the ball and it is spelled DEALER....I would make them repair any damage done by them for not including that in there PDI.....
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